Donald Slyter, a resident of The Jungle, a homeless encampment in Seattle believed to have been around since the 1930s. It gets its name from the name for homeless encampments at the time -- hobo jungles.
Credit KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter
The Jungle is the unofficial name for a sprawling homeless encampment underneath Interstate 5. It's estimated that 300-400 people have set up camps in the area.
The Jungle's was a place so notorious for drugs and violence that Seattle's Fire Department wouldn't respond without a police escort and outreach efforts were few.
The encampment has come under more public scrutiny since a shooting in January 2016 killed two and hospitalized three. Police have arrested three teenagers — ages 13, 16, and 17 — who are believed to have carried out the deadly attack.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine declared a state of emergency to combat homelessness in the region in November 2015.